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Italy faces betting scandal amid England’s clash for Euro 2024 qualifiers

By Liam Styles

Italy faces betting scandal amid England’s clash for Euro 2024 qualifiers

More than 40 players are suspected of being involved in the matter 

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Few hours before the Italian national team visits England in the Wembley Stadium on the sixth day of the Euro 2024 qualifiers, they could be living hard and busy days due to a betting scandal in the country involving more than 40 players among whom there would not only be Serie A players but also some players in the Premier League.

For this reason, Newcastle United’s midfielder Sandro Tonali and Aston Villa winger Nicolo Zaniolo would have been withdrawn from the squad to face the Three Lions in Wembley, as the Italian players would have been the first names released in the investigation being carried out by Italian authorities along with Juventus midfielder Nicolo Fagioli, as it was reported by the English journal Daily Mail.

Following these sources, the trio would be just the beginning of a long list of players breaking the Italian sporting regulation about betting, as the rules on betting in the country are strict with athletes banned from betting on their own sports, and the three players could face worldwide suspensions of up to three years in case of being found guilty.

Italy would have three important absences

While Italy will count on these three absences from the team to face England, the Three Lions would have the return of three main players as the main news in their lineup, as Gareth Southgate would place Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice and Harry Kane in his starting XI against the Italian team to try to seal their qualification for the Euro 2024.

 


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